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2020 Annual Meeting of Members Highlights

The ACFP Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) held on Saturday, March 7th at the Family Medicine Summit was a great success again this year. With 133 registered members in attendance at the meeting, the Board of Directors was pleased with the turnout and the level of participation. Members were able to review and respond to the annual audit and the budget plan, and vote on the membership fee and amendments to the ACFP ByLaws. Advocacy became the key discussion topic. A candid, interactive discussion among members took place regarding awareness for the value of family physicians and the negative affects current cutbacks imposed by Alberta Health on family physicians will have on their patients and the health care system in general. The importance of the ACFP’s role to build awareness and advocate for family physicians and their patients through a much louder voice was clearly expressed by the membership and heard by the ACFP Board.

Members voted in Dr. Sudha Koppula as President-Elect with the expectation that she will be inducted as President at the 2021 AMM. Two new members-at-large were also voted in on the ACFP Board of Directors, Dr. Douglas Tuck, St. Alberta and Dr. Dinesh Witharana, Spruce Grove. Both bring a set of skills and perspectives that the Board will find very valuable in the coming years. To view their bios, see the Board of Directors page. President, Dr. Shirley Schipper (Calgary), and the CEO, Dr. Francine Lemire were present from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Schipper commended the excellent work that Alberta family physicians do every day for their patients while amplifying their voices to the Alberta government in this current situation of uncertainty. She spoke to CFPC’s pride for Alberta as a light in the national scene. Dr. Schipper encouraged family docs in Alberta to continue to amplify their voices and stay the course.

Interested in Joining a Committee?

The ACFP is always looking for committed volunteers wanting to make a change and participate in College programs, services, and governance. Formal invitations for committee members go out annually in the spring. Visit the Board & Committees page for more information on ACFP’s committees and select a committee from the links provided. To learn more about ACFP committee positions currently vacant, see below.

Current Committee Vacancies

We are also looking for volunteers to join various committees to help the ACFP progress into the future! We need invaluable input, innovation and creative ideas to build and shape the programs and services that we provide to our members. Being involved in a committee is a great way to help develop the ACFP, gain experience in various member service areas, participate in system level discussions, and support the organization that supports your specialty. For more information on all ACFP Committees, including terms of reference, visit Board and Committees.

The ACFP is proud of the engaged and dedicated members helping advance excellence in family medicine in Alberta. With their guidance and expertise, the ACFP is able to deliver relevant initiatives and activities. The College invites you to get involved and is currently looking for members to fill the following vacancies.

Governance Advisory Committee (GAC)

The Governance Advisory committee is a standing committee of the ACFP Board and must have at least two Board of Directors, where the Chair must be a past President or Past Board member or a designate from the Board. The Governance Advisory committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Annual recruitment and provision of screened nominees for potential Board members according to Board stated need
  • Annual review and provision of recommendations for changes to Bylaw to be presented to the Board and then Annual Meeting of Members of the ACFP for approval
  • Annual review and provision of recommendations for updates to Board Policies
    • 2 Member-at-Large positions

Membership Advisory Committee (MAC)

The Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) serves to ensure the ACFP is meeting the needs of its diverse membership. The committee is responsive to emergent member needs, and will, where necessary, create sub-committees or task forces to identify and meet these needs. This committee reports to the Executive Director with strategies and recommendations and will work with the ACFP staff to implement these through operational means. We are recruiting to the following positions:

    • 3 Member-at-Large positions

Awards and Recognition Committee (Awards)

The ACFP Awards and Recognition Committee plays an important role in building awareness for the ACFP, its members, and the significant role the ACFP plays in the advancing family practice in Alberta. The ACFP Awards and Recognition Committee recognizes, celebrates, and supports family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in excellence in leadership, education, advocacy, and research. The Committee helps to promote the ACFP Awards Program and plays a strong role in scanning viable candidates for provincial and national awards and recognition. We are recruiting to the following position:

    • 1 Member-at-Large, representing a rural area

How to Apply

Should you have any questions, please contact the ACFP office by telephone at 780-488-2395 or by email at governance@acfp.ca. Applications should be emailed to governance@acfp.ca and include a letter of interest (250 words max) along with a summary of your experience or a copy of your CV.

Bylaws

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is a Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Incorporated as a Society in 1997, the ACFP is governed by a set of bylaws. The ACFP Governance Advisory Committee reviews the bylaws periodically and makes recommendations for amendment to the ACFP Board of Directors.  Upon ACFP Board approval, the proposed amendments are presented to the CFPC Board of Directors for their approval.  Final approval is obtained by the passing of a special resolution by the ACFP Members at the Annual Meeting of Members as described in Article 11 of the ACFP Bylaws.

Current Bylaws

Our Bylaws help define the roles of the board, committees, and members and provide direction for the governance of the Chapter. The current Bylaws of the Alberta Chapter of the CFPC were approved at the Annual Meeting of Members on March 5, 2016 and amended on March 7, 2020. Registration of the revised ByLaws is currently in process.